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Unformatted text preview: anization that supplies market information to farmers and helps them negotiate contracts with processors. Bert Moulton, a
longtime PGI staff member, is a big man with a crew cut who looks like a Goldwater Republican but sounds like an old-fashioned populist.
Moulton thinks forming some sort of co-op, an association to coordinate marketing and production levels, may be the last hope for Idaho’s
potato farmers. At the moment, most farmers live in areas where there are only one or two processors buying potatoes — and oddly enough,
those processors never seem to be bidding for potatoes on the same day. “Legally, the processors aren’t supposed to be talking to one
another,” Moulton says. “But you know that they do.” Not long ago, the major french fry companies in Idaho were owned by people with
strong ties to the local community. J. R. Simplot was highly regarded by most Idaho farmers; he always seemed willing to help carry them
through a lean year. Moulton says the fry companies now tend to be run...
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2014 for the course MGMT 120 taught by Professor Litt during the Spring '08 term at UCLA.
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